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Mine, a picture book by Hiawyn Oram is a simple moral tale with a lovely twist. It tells the story of Isabel, who goes to play at Claudia’s house.

Everything that Isabel tries to play with, Claudia snatches back off of her, from her most super, duper toy, to a clearly unloved and unplayed with box of wooden animals.  No matter what Isabel chooses, Claudia wants it.  Play is just not possible with Claudia.

Eventually Claudia’s mother tries to break the tension by taking the two girls to the park. They take Claudia’s brand spanking new tricycle with them.

Isabel tries to have a go. Claudia goes bananas and ends up with her long awaited just desserts as Isabel has the last laugh.

I enjoyed this book, but it is quite an odd little thing. Isabel is totally passive, as is Claudia’s mother, and if you are an adult reading this to a child, you are begging for someone to take control by about the middle of the book.

The twist is good, but the rest of the book leaves quite a lot to be desired.

It would be quite useful if you were teaching a child about manners and sharing.

I recommend it for children aged 2 to 6.

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